Republicans defeat Democrat plea adjourn tax vote 500 page

By Jessica Finn For Dailymail.com

Published: 03:30 GMT, 2 December 2017 | Updated: 03:30 GMT, 2 December 2017

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Senate Republicans defeated a push by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer to delay consideration of the sweeping GOP tax bill until Monday. 

As the Senate neared a momentous vote on the sweeping Republican tax bill, Senate Democrats mocked the nearly 500-page printed text of the legislation - complaining it was given to them at the last minute before the vote.

And it had illegible, hand-written notes in the margins, they protested. 

Democrats are blasting Republicans arguing they are trying to rush the legislation through the Senate without giving lawmakers a chance to read it.

'Because the bill was given to lobbyists to read and change before senators saw it, and because the bill was given to us on a few hours' notice and has not been read fully or considered fully by a single senator, I move we adjourn until Monday so we can first read and then clean up this awful piece of legislation,' Schumer said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted, 'No, I haven't had time to read the 500-page #GOPTaxScam bill that we're voting on tonight,' with a photo of her reading aloud from pages at her desk. 'Couldn't read it if I tried - and I did.'  

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana said 'one page literally has hand-scribbled policy changes on it that can't be read. This is Washington, D.C. at its worst. Montanans deserve so much better.'

Republican leaders engaged in eleventh-hour negotiations

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